Police in Vietnam have confiscated 345,000 used condoms recycled to be sold

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Police in Vietnam have confiscated an estimated 345,000 used which had been cleaned to be resold as new. They were in dozens of large bags found scattered across the floor of a warehouse near Ho Chi Minh City in the southern province of Binh Duong. The bags weighed more than 360 kilograms. The person renting the warehouse as facility, Pham Thi Thanh, 34, said they had received a “monthly input of used from an unknown person.” The police made arrests. A woman detained during the bust told police that the used prophylactics were first boiled in water then dried and reshaped on a wooden phallus before being repackaged and resold. Workers were hired to clean the . It was not clear how many of the recycled condoms had already been sold. It has been claimed that they were being traded in local markets.

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The detained woman said she had received $0.17 for every kilogram of recycled condoms she produced. The police action follows previous warnings of an abundance of counterfeit and low-quality condoms in Vietnam. A health official in Vietnam said the condoms were an extreme health risk to users. According to statistics Vietnam uses at least 500 million condoms each year. Police announced they will investigate and track down others involved in the operation.